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June events out now!


In June the Linen Hall joins a number of organisations to remember and celebrate the 250th birthday of political activist Mary Ann McCracken who was also one of the earliest female members of the Linen Hall Library. In two talks, on 14 and 19 June, find out how Mary Ann helped preserve the traditional music of Ireland. 

Also from 7 – 11 June the Linen Hall brings out some never-before-seen items from our collections to mark International Archives Week.

June event schedule: 

International Archives Week
Monday 7 – Friday 11 June
On Linen Hall Social Channels
This week is International Archives Week. The Linen Hall holds a number of world-renowned collections including the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive ‘Troubles’ archive, and the Belfast Printed Books archive. Each day this week we will dive into our wealth of material and pull forth a gem to display on our social media channels.

Mary Ann McCracken 250
Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies, with Dr Sarah McCleave (QUB)
Monday 14 June at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
In Belfast in 1792 there was an unprecedented gathering of Irish harpers, the aim of which was to revive “the Ancient Music and Poetry of Ireland.” Musician and folk-song collector Edward Bunting transcribed the music played at the festival and published A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music in 1796, which was followed by two expanded editions. The writer who, more than any other, took up the challenge of writing new “national” lyrics to Bunting’s music was Thomas Moore, who published 10 separate numbers of his Irish Melodies between 1807 and 1834. This talk by Dr McCleave will explore the significance of Moore’s Irish Melodies (now in the custody of the Linen Hall Library) and reasons why Mary Ann McCracken might have had a copy. Part of the series of events to mark Mary Ann McCracken 250. For more information visit the Belfast Charitable Society Mary Ann McCracken Foundation at https://belfastcharitablesociety.org/)                                                                                          

Bloomsday (Celebration of James Joyce)
Book Launch
Moving About the Place by Evelyn Conlon
Wednesday 16 June at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Author Evelyn Conlon will converse with Linen Hall Library President Dr Eamonn Hughes, Blackstaff Press Managing Editor Patsy Horton and author/academic Dr Rebecca Pelan about her new short-story anthology Moving About the Place. The book brings together some of the best of Conlon’s recent work, along with brand-new stories, including a novella, to show how borders, movement and history change and transform people’s lives. In honour of Bloomsday, Evelyn will read from ‘Two Gallants Getting Caught’, a story inspired by Joyce’s ‘Two Gallants’ from Dubliners

Linen Hall Reading Group
Friday 25 June at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. June’s title for discussion is Strange Flowers Donal Ryan. To attend the virtual group, please email info@linenhall.com.

Mary Ann McCracken 250
Talk and Performance
Tuesday 29 June at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Mary Ann McCracken and the Edward Bunting Manuscripts, with Eilís Lavelle 
Mary Ann McCracken supported musician Edward Bunting in his collecting of traditional music, introducing him to people who could help, acting as his unofficial secretary and contributed anonymously to the second volume of his work The Ancient Music of Ireland in 1809. This talk and harp performance by Eilís Lavelle will explore Mary Ann’s contribution to Bunting’s work. Part of the series of events to mark Mary Ann McCracken 250. For more information visit the Belfast Charitable Society Mary Ann McCracken Foundation at https://belfastcharitablesociety.org/)

The Linen Hall Library reopened to the public on Monday 24 May. The Library is open free to all.


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